New illegal working offence

A new criminal offence of having “reasonable cause to believe” that an employee does not have the correct immigration status came into force today. The new offence – under s.34 Immigration Act 2016 – is in addition to the exiting… Read on

Brexism – be aware

Since the Brexit vote to leave the EU, a political divide has arisen between two very deeply held beliefs amongst the British public. Much of the divide has become extremely emotional. Matters are likely to be compounded because on one… Read on

“Brexit” – implications for employment law

With the IN/OUT referendum looming, the possibility of a “Brexit” is more present than ever. What would the implications of a “Brexit” be for UK employment law? EU law pervades practically every area of UK employment law. It could potentially… Read on

Limits on Tribunal awards

On 6 April 2016 the amount of many Tribunal awards will be increased. New maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal: £78,962 (was £78,335). Maximum limit on a week’s pay: £479 (was £475). Maximum basic award: £5,853 (was £5,807).    … Read on

Gender pay gap disclosure: new rules

The government has issued draft regulations which seek to address the differences between male and female pay in the workplace. They are now up for consultation. The regulations as they are currently drafted: Apply only to employers of 250 employees… Read on

Employment law – what the manifestos say

Our low-down on selected policies of the three main political parties. Conservatives Zero-hours contracts: make exclusivity unenforceable. Minimum wage: increase to £8 per hour by 2020; increase income tax threshold. Parental rights: increase free childcare entitlement to… Read on

April 2015 changes to employment law

The key changes to employment law that came into force in April 2015. 5 April 2015 Shared Parental Leave – 52 weeks’ leave and 39 weeks’ statutory pay to be shared between parents of children due to be born or… Read on

Round-up of Employment Law Changes in October 2014

National Minimum Wage The new rates of National Minimum Wage for the year 1 October 2014 – 30 September are published: Read the current rates of NMW here Equal pay audits Employment Tribunals must order an equal pay audit upon… Read on

New national minimum wage 2014

Here are the new national minimum wage rates that will apply from 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015: Workers aged 21 and over: £6.50 Workers aged between 18 and 20: £5.13 Workers aged above the compulsory school age and… Read on